Wednesday, October 15, 2014

DIY Fall Wreath

Hi friends! It is starting to consistently feel like fall in Arkansas. We are finally experiencing cool mornings and warm, breezy afternoons and the leaves have started to change colors! Such a cozy time of year. Has me thinking all things fall colors and tastes. A couple of weeks ago I got pumpkins and giant mum (at Sam's for $17) but needed a new wreath for the front door.

I found a couple of wreaths on Pinterest that I loved, especially this one, but needed to do one that I knew wouldn't take too long. One that I could start and finish during a long afternoon nap. So this wreath was the one I decided emulate. Hobby Lobby had all the supplies that she used. I love the gray grapevine wreath she used as her base but it was $29.99 and not half off this week, but I am going to go back next week when it's on sale and get it for somewhere in our house. I love the look of it. In the end I decided just to use a normal grapevine wreath ($4.79 with 40% off coupon) and all other supplies were either 40% or 50% off. Win! I think my total for this wreath was around $20.

So, I forgot to take a picture with my camera of all the supplies I used but you can them see here on my Instagram. I used grapevine wreath, mustard burlap ribbon, linen with rope trim ribbon (in the sewing section), fall berries (in the fall decorating section).


Gather tools: scissors, wire cutters, hot glue gun, and hot glue sticks. I used around 8 sticks of hot glue.

Before you start gluing, lay everything out on the wreath until you like the look of it. Once you have a visual, you can get to work.

Take the hemmed end of the burlap ribbon and glue it to the back side of the wreath. Next, wrap the burlap really tight around the wreath and glue on the back side of the wreath on the burlap. Use a lot of hot glue to ensure that it is going to stay put. Wrap and glue until you have the width you like then cut the burlap and hot glue to back side of the wreath. I tucked my burlap under and in on the sides to give it a more finished look.

Next, glue your stems down to the burlap. I also glued down the leaves to the grapevine wreath if there was a big thick leaf on the stem. I used a ton of glue on this part.

Then, you'll take your linen ribbon and glue the end down on the back side of the wreath. Wrap the ribbon around a few times. Just enough to cover where you glued the berries down and then once you have it wrapped, fold the ribbon under and glue down. I accidentally cut my ribbon too short so had to glue the end of the ribbon to the front of the wreath, but you could always glue it to the back of the wreath. I covered the glued edge with the bow so it ended up being OK.


Tie a pretty bow (there are a lot of great you tube videos on how to tie a bow). I tied my bow the same way that you tie a shoe lace and tweaked it until it resembled a pretty bow. Once you have your bow how you like it just glue it onto the wreath, on top of the linen ribbon.

Late addition: I finished the wreath and hung it on my front door and decided it needed a little something in the right corner so quickly made and added the tiny felt bunting. Love what it adds to the wreath.

To make the bunting you'll want to cut out 7-9 1 1/2"-2" triangles (depending on the size grapevine wreath you use) out of felt.


Next, run a straight stitch accross the top of the triangles to create the bunting. If you don't have a sewing machine, no fret. Just get a piece of twine or jute (or even thick embroidery thread, like the kind you use for cross stitching) and hot glue to the back side of the triangles to create your bunting! After you have assembled your bunting hot glue it to your wreath in the corner opposite of your berries.
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Hang your wreath and enjoy your creation!

My front porch needs a lot of work, so please excuse the mess (like the plastic bag tied on the door handle). Hoping to give it a good fall makeover this week!


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